- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Lives Matter activists, presumptive president-elect Joseph R. Biden, and White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci are all contenders for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award.

The publication’s long-running distinction will be determined by editors for a Dec. 10 unveiling, although readers are expressing their picks via online voting.

Voting as of Friday favors activists organizations and political leaders over a handful of entertainers.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci received 81% yes votes.
  • Essential workers received 81% yes votes.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris received 68% yes votes.
  • Joseph R. Biden received 64% yes votes.
  • Black Lives Matter activists received 61% yes votes. 
  • Stacy Abrams received 59% yes votes.

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden won the award in 2019 and was the youngest recipient since its beginning in 1927.

This year’s online voting has heavily skewed in favor of figures associated with BLM activism and efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those on the left side of the political spectrum.

President Trump, for instance, has failed to crack double-digits among Time readers, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts garnered 17% “yes” votes.

Other notable nominations include: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; Pope Francis; Vice President Mike Pence; Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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